The authors of this volume provide discussion on vital issues related to the rights of children in the United States, including: the historical and contextual perspective on the rights of children; the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; the differing views on children's rights and competencies; and the rights of children within the family, the social service system, the health care system, the educational system, the juvenile justice system and in employment.

There's No Place like Home: The Rights of Children within the Family

There's no place like home: The rights of children within the family

To hold that a child is the property of his parents is to deny the humanity of the child … [A child] “belongs” to no one but himself.

Illinois Appeals Court Justice Dom Rizzi (1994)

Dorothy donned her ruby red shoes, clicked her heels three times, and chanted, “There's no place like home…. There's no place like home….” This image from the movie version of L. Frank Baum's (1900) classic novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is indelibly etched in the memories of most American children. Dorothy's deeply felt wish to be returned to her family following a traumatic separation symbolically expresses the central ...

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